October 2014

Utopia and its discontents

I’m a huge fan of Neal Stephenson, and also of his newest project Hieroglyph, which aims to inspire future scientific breakthroughs with optimistic near-future science fiction. But I found two critiques of the approach quite compelling this week. First, Virginia Postrel (whose writing on design I’ve enjoyed in the past), writes that “Peter Thiel Is […]

Think small

A nice example of thinking small first, similar to Brandon Schauer’s Cake model.